The Indians are second only to Valley Catholic in the tournament in Hillsboro

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Scappoose senior Morgan Hall putts on the fourth hole at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro during Tuesday's Cowapa League tournament.The Indians made their presence felt.

The Scappoose girls golf team, competing in the Cowapa League tournament at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro on Tuesday, stepped up and played to a second-place finish in the five-team field.

Valley Catholic's girls walked off with the team title, finishing the 18-hole tournament with 145 points in the league's modified Stableford scoring system. Scappoose, meanwhile, was a solid second, finishing with 124 points at Meriwether.

The complete team scoring included Valley Catholic 145 points, Scappoose 124, Astoria 121, Seaside 60 and Tillamook inc.

Under the modified Stableford scoring system, players are awarded five points for a birdie, four for a par, three for a bogey, two for a double bogey and one for a triple bogey, with the top four players on each team contributing to the final team total.

For the Indians, senior Morgan Hall posted the third-best score of the day, finishing with 48 points and trailing only Valley Catholic's Caroline Hobson (51 points) and Astoria's Samantha Hemsley (50 points).

Hall's senior teammate Kaitlyn Bakkensen was tough, too, piling up 42 points for the fourth-best total of the tournament.

"Morgan Hall and Kaitlyn Bakkensen were able to give our team a lot of points with their solid play," said Scappoose coach Joe Girres.

Hall was as consistent as could be Tuesday, notching one par (on the 262-yard par-4 fourth hole), 12 bogeys and scoring on every hole but one. Bakkensen notched three pars during her round — on the third, the 267-yard par-four eighth and the 274-yard par-4 16th — added another four bogeys and scored points on every single hole.

Scappoose also saw senior Kenzie Sue and sophomore Callie Enos and tie for the third-best score on their team, each finishing with 17 points to help lift the Indians past Astoria and into second place. Freshman Rylee Cook also finished with eight points for Scappoose.

"The greens were fast and we took some time to adjust," Girres said, adding "(I'm) proud of the effort this early in the season."

Valley Catholic built its win on Hobson's 51, 36 points from Annmarie Gallardo, 30 by Megan Birrell and 28 from Natalie Roth. For third-place Astoria, Hemsley scored 50, Jenna Travers added 42, Sarah Lertora had 16 and Gracie Cummings 13.

Next up, the Indians will play in the Cowapa League Invitational tournament at 10 a.m. April Thursday at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks

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